Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Top Ten reverse culture shocks

I've been in the states for almost 24 hours now. I've cried on and off for the past 48 hours. I feel like this huge welt of sadness is sitting under a very thin verneer of "ok"ness. So whenever people ask me "How are you doing" or "How was Korea?" they scratch a hole and I can feel tears well up in my eyes.
Anyways, the last 24 hours have been a shock to the system, so thought I would share with you some of the fun reverse culture shock I've been experiencing.

In the last 24 hours, these have been my biggest shocks:
10. How open and spacious the skyline is.
9. How empty the streets are
8. On one block I passed a young black woman, a latino couple, and an old asian man.
7. People keep making eye contact with me
6. I’ve had to stop myself from saying “annyeonghikaseyo” and “kamsahamnida”
5. Everyone around me is speaking English or Spanish
4. I can buy all the most awesome food all the time!!!
3. I don’t know how to pack a purse for the day. What am I supposed to carry in my wallet? I don’t need my tmoney card or my ARC? I do need my American driver’s license? Weird.
2. I don’t know how to dress. It’s sunny, but it’s cold. It’s not snowing… and it’s not a monsoon…. What am I supposed to wear?
1. Why does no one reek of kimchi???

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